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November 6th, 2004

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01:52 am
For a while, I was involved with ucscb and yam forum. Some of you (I'm looking at you boymaenad) are familiar with it. Most of you aren't. In any case, after a while, I tired of kicking aging dogmatic geeks about.

Then the election happened and the overly whiney liberals started making rather undemocratic statements. spcecdt (who still reads forum) mentioned this to me. We came up with a brilliant idea, so I put it into play.

I ended up in a number of flame wars where I suggested that low speed limits and speed bumps suck. Immediately, all sorts of people (who've never met me, let alone been in my car) start calling me a horrible and irresponsible driver. Lots of fun was had.

Measure J was on the ballot this last election (and annoyingly voted down). It was to widen highway 1 with a carpool lane. The parallel between people talking about moving to Canada because Bush won and measure J was swift.

I went (possibly far too) overboard to make the point. I modelled it on a fellow by the name of rstevew who is frequently irrational, but fun to read because of it.

Do a search for "little punk the spammer" to see the post. The rest of it is mildly amusing because watching hope get crushed often is.

And just because I should really make a rational coherent point in this showcasing of my ability to emulate a complete and utter asshole, I'll mention that there's two things that people forget about democracy:

1) Your vote doesn't count more than anyone else's. Just because your candidate/measure didn't win doesn't mean the system doesn't work. It means that more people disagree with you than agree with you. Deal with it. It's a cold, hard fact of life that you'll find out about when you move out of your parents' basement, get a job, and listen to real music instead of that emo crap.

2) Democracy oughtn't be "majority rules". If your candidate finds that more people express their agreement with him than express their disagreement with him, it doesn't mean you suddenly have the right to ride roughshod over the rest of the world. Democracy was meant to be a system of compromise, not mobocracy.

I find it very telling about the way we look at democracy that the last person who became famous for a compromise was Henry Clay 150 years ago.

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Date:November 6th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Is there a yam client that runs on linux? I expect I could just log onto deeptht and read it there.
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Date:November 6th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
IIRC, the source compiled under linux, but I never actually ran it on my own system (being of great laziness).

You can (if you actually want to read forum) find it on jonl's site
Date:November 6th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
who is larry .. ?
do you know him well ?
he is very attractive ? does he need / want a female geek companion ? ( the female geeks are especially pleasing to both the mental the tactile senses .. )
> selling point !

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Date:November 6th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't screw him! ; )

I've met and chatted with him a few times. Decent enough guy. Tends towards the whiney side of things. Likes dancing a bunch. Races a spec Miata.

If I had to rate him, I'd say he's a 6. Maybe 7 on a good day.

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